Radio minister Margot James resigns from government

The minister responsible for radio in the UK, Margot James, has resigned and voted against the government as part of efforts to stop parliament being suspended.

She had been the Minister for Digital and Creative Industries since January 2018, taking over the job from Matt Hancock when he became Culture Secretary.

Today’s vote in the House of Commons saw Margot James and 16 other Conservative MPs vote against their own party to ensure that parliament has a say on a No-Deal Brexit. The government was defeated by 41 votes in its efforts to allow the incoming Prime Minister to be able to suspend Parliament.

Ms James has been heavily involved in recent debates in the Commons about local radio and only this week put forward legislation that will enable the licensing of small-scale digital radio multiplexes.

Listen to Margot James talking to RadioToday at the Radio Festival in May:

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  1. Mr Boltar says

    Am I the only one who didn’t know we even had a Minister for Radio? Clearly doing a steller job what with Global and Bauer gobbling up radio stations and making local commercial radio almost history.

    1. mb23 says

      It wasn’t her legislation. Ofcom had the powers to reduce localness on radio given to them in the Communications Act 2003 by the Blair Government.

      The takeovers are regulated under the Enterprise Act 2002 (brought in by the same Government).

      1. Mr Boltar says

        And what exactly was stopping the last 2.5 Tory governments from revoking those powers?

  2. Allan Wallace says

    It is just as well that we have Mb23 around to educate us.

    Mr Boltar makes a good point regarding the Minister for Radio’s role being very low profile. Like Mr Boltar, I was unaware of the existence of a Minister for Radio. No doubt, Mb23 will be outraged at my ignorance.

    1. Joe Smith says

      Is educate the same as bore?

  3. Lee says

    A Minister For Radio? I didn’t know there was one. So is this the minister who had oversite of the dreadful toothless regulator that is OFOM. I’m glad she’s gone in that case. Bring in someone with guts and determination to turn around the mess that is UK commercial radio thanks to OFCOM, Bauer and Global (yes they do seem to go hand in hand).

  4. Ron Dobbyn says

    I didn’t know we had a minister for radio . What other minister’s do we have we don’t know about?

    1. Joe Smith says

      Apparently we have had a few Prime ministers lately although you’d be forgiven for not knowing it!

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